JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. 10 January 2014. The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Queen's Baton Relay (QBR) has touched down in Johannesburg, after arriving from Lesotho. The historic QBR will be hosted by South Africa for a period of five days on its global journey back to Scotland.
It was welcomed by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) together with their various stakeholders. South Africa is the 18th country in Africa and the 39th of the Commonwealth Countries to welcome and host this auspicious occasion.
The QBR is a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games and symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.
The Glasgow 2014 QBR is the curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games. Over a period of 288 days the baton will have visited 70 nations and territories, covered 190 000 kilometres and involved a third of the world’s population, making it the world’s most engaging relay.
￼￼￼￼The Queen's Baton Relay has been a much-celebrated sporting tradition ever since the Games were hosted in Cardiff, Wales in 1958.
The current QBR was launched at Buckingham Palace on 9 October 2013 at a ceremony where Her Majesty the Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth into the heart of the baton. The baton will be relayed by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth, each one honoured by their own nation to participate in this unique tradition.
The Queen's Message is inscribed on a parchment which was handmade in Glasgow, using both linen and plant fibre. For the first time, the message forms the visual core of the baton design – illuminated from within by LED lights, yet unreadable until the Opening Ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July.
The baton also contains a granite ‘gemstone’ which will be gifted to each nation and territory. Positioned at the very top of the baton, it can only be released by opening a clever puzzle mechanism. The g